Countdown to Your Wedding
Your wedding – it’s like putting together a Broadway show, isn’t it? You’ve got the key actors – yourself and your fiancé’ of course. Then the supporting cast of maid or matron of honour, bridesmaids, best man, and groomsmen. Then, the theatre is filled to capacity with your family and friends. There’s the mother of the bride with flowing tears in the front row. The Groom’s grandmother has the perfect seat on the aisle. You’re gracefully walking down the aisle with a serene smile on your face thinking, “Wow, it really did come together! “Yes, it could be this smooth.
The key is to not stress over the small things. Easier said than done? No, you can do it. Let’s break it down. #1 – You are engaged – congratulations! This is what you should focus on for the next 3 months:
Announce your engagement – let the world start celebrating with you. Schedule a time for you and your fiancé’ to sit down with both of your parents. Have a date in mind? If not, pick it now.
Are you paying for your own wedding or will you have help? Once you have this information, discuss your budget with everyone who will be contributing to your special day. Do you plan to use a wedding planner? If so, meet with several to find the people to assist with the wedding preparation you feel most comfortable with – you’ll be spending quite a bit of time with this person so you want to make sure you can ask ANYTHING that is important to you.
If you’re getting married in your church, this task is easy. But if you’re having an outdoor wedding, you may wish to visit several locations to find the spot that’s perfect for you. Start working on your guest list to get a rough idea of how many people will be attending your reception. Do you plan to have your wedding reception indoors or outdoors? Start visiting wedding setting sites and reserve your date. And the best for last – start shopping for your evening dress and of course the wedding dress .6 to 9 months before your wedding day
Order your wedding invitations.
Will you need transportation to the ceremony and reception sites? Now is the time to hire wedding day transportation. Something fun – shop for your wedding cake. This is a great thing to do with your maid/matron of honour! Have you decided where to honeymoon? Book plane and hotel reservations now. Will you have out of town guests? Ask one of your attendants to help you locate accommodations for the guests. Contacting the sales office of your favourite hotel could result in a discount if booking several rooms. Finalize your guest list to get a firm headcount.
Contact your hairstylist and makeup pro to reserve a time a few hours before you need to be ready for the ceremony. Decide where to hold your rehearsal dinner.2 to 4 months before your wedding day: 1 to 2 months before your wedding day: Schedule an appointment with your hair stylist and bring your headpiece. This is the perfect time to decide how to wear your hair. Mail out your wedding invitations. Plan the seating arrangements for your reception. Reconfirm the time and date with photographer, videographer, DJ, band, and every other professional that needs to be with you at a specific time and place. Squeeze in that final dress fitting for your wedding dress. The final week before your wedding day: Now was that so bad?